MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang said that while it would be best for candidates to heed the Commission on Election's call to avoid media guestings before the campaign period, it would still up to them to decide even as there is no law prohibiting such before the campaign period.
"It doesn't appear to be a legal directive. It's like an appeal for delicadeza on the part of those running who have an advantage in media personalities," Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
"Since Comelec [implements] the election laws, it would be best for the candidates to observe the directives or the statements coming form the Comelec. As far as we're concerned, it would depend on why you are appearing on TV. If it's a discourse on topics of public interest, you cannot avoid appearing on that."
"The candidates themselves would have to weigh the consequence of appearing (on talk shows) given the fact that citizens right now are very vigilant."
"That will be a discretion on the part of the candidates whether to observe a request from the Comelec or not."